Government lawyers to submit motion to strike out opposition’s petitions

Anthony Astaphan

As the United Workers Party (UWP) prepares to file in High Court, five election petitions this morning, lawyers on the government side are planning to submit a motion to strike out the petitions.

The election petitions speak to what the UWP has described as irregularities in the results of the December 18, 2009 general election; but Anthony Astaphan, one of the lawyers acting on behalf of government, says a strong stance will be taken against the petitions.

“We think it’s important that the issues be narrowed and the sustainable issues, if any, be identified, before we go to trial and we are going by the end of this month … We are going to apply to strike out all the petitions in whole or substantial part of all of the petitions,” he disclosed, adding that the UWP has been informed of the intention of lawyers for the ruling party.

Election petitions can be blown out, on grounds of improper pleading among others, Astaphan said.

The UWP, one week ago, announced the date for the filing of the petitions in court, and President of the party Edison James had told supporters not to lose faith in the court system.

– DNO Correspondent

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  1. March 17, 2010

    Their popo boiling now.

  2. Richard Prior
    March 17, 2010

    Tony Tony Tony we acknowledge your delay tactics however you must deal with the facts before you.

  3. s.j
    March 17, 2010

    …. Dominica the laws are for all

  4. Leona
    March 17, 2010

    It is shame and pique that account for the post-election behaviour of the UWP, in particular their resort to the Court system. They need to atone for the comprehensiveness of their defeat — 18/3 and 61.4%. What could be their ultimate objective? To form the Government? Give them all of the five seats that they are contesting in the Courts; will they form the Government. Pride and false pride are all that their election petitions are about. They need to aplogise to those among us who are non-tribalist and are serious-minded Domni9nicans for the ineptness of their campaign. No strategic alternative; no plan; nothing serious for the electorate to co0nsider. All this after 4.5 years in Opposition. Truly embarrassing and disgraceful. Launching their manifesto “in a new way”. Ron Green and his team should truly hang their heads in shame and stay silent. They owe it to their country after their electoral embarrassment. More stupidness: after announcing that they will boycott the Parliament to which they were elected through their three seats, they are now accusing the PM of hounding them out of Parliament. They were the ones who said they were not taking their seats in Parliament. Have we gone totally loon\y? Have Ron, Edison and Sam gone totally crazy? Or do they believe that the population consists of a bunch of jack-****?

  5. Maggiedumpling
    March 17, 2010

    Fellow Dominicans:

    Everytime the discussions center around the allegation of blatant disregard for our constitution arises it evokes and illicits some serious emotional reactions for and against that allegation. For those staunch supporters of Prime Minister Skerrit they appear to want to burn any of his opponents at the stake and likewise those who are against him would like to met out similar punishment. Now where then does that leave those who, by some small measure, are able to remove the emotional elements and just for the sole reason of defending our constitution, want to say let the Court play the role it was set out to perform? You are like a slice of cheese between a loaf of hot bread. You get heat from both sides.

    My dear people for what it is worth, let us not loose sight of what is at stake here. Right or wrong justice have to appear to have been served and we must not, by threat or wanton character assassination sweep this under the rug. For fear of setting a very dangerous precedence hold your emotions in check, exercise a little patience and let the wheels of justice turn in the end the chips will fall where they may. Let me remind the readership that it was not too long ago Dominica was on the verge of being ruled by one of the most dangerous hate groups in the world – The Klu Klux Klan.

    I love and respect Prime Minister Skerrit and wish him God speed in his endeavors, nevertheless HE IS NOT AND SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO THINK THAT HE IS ABOVE THE LAW.

    • Eric Cartman
      March 17, 2010

      can agree to that

      • March 18, 2010

        Agreed. Well Said.

        Some people like ‘Stay Tuned’ would do the country a much better favour if they spoke like this.

  6. Eric Cartman
    March 17, 2010

    It would be preferable for the UWP to have their day in court so that they can make no excuses afterwards.

    Then again, Ron McCain et al will still make excuses, and people like ‘stay tuned’ will support it.

    Fortunately but there are not many idiots like ‘stay tuned’ in the country that’s y workers only won 3 seats!! lol

      March 18, 2010

      haaa boy….you have become so obsessed with stay tuned…that stay tuned is on your mind all the time…even when he is not commenting on news items that you are commenting on….

      what a ting eh?….i soo stupid….i soo zeh zeh..i sooo mahjeee….but all where u go on DNO….u asking for stay tuned….

      hahahaha….well thank you

  7. Justice Seeker
    March 17, 2010

    Why do we have a justice system? Isn’t it a place we go to seek justice when we feel someone has wronged us? So Let the UWP seek their Justice. The Courts will decide. No need to curse them up. This is the system that governs us. We all know that their were too many irregularities in the last election. There is no need to pretend. Remember we want our children to be honest and we ask them to follow the ways of Christ. So Pwengard

  8. mwe mem
    March 17, 2010

    wrong is wrong, if the pm knew what he was doing he should have righted his wrong before nomination day and tony should have advised him; tony is now implying that the labour party is illegalily in office so they only thing to do now is try to throw out the motion on grounds of improper pleading???? please tony if the pm loose that case you are to be blamed , you and the stupid AG dat need to go back lawschool

    • Eric Cartman
      March 17, 2010

      how is skerrit being wrong or not wrong mean the party is illegally in office? was skerrit’s name on the ballot in 21 constituencies?

      • STAY TUNED
        March 18, 2010

        lol….hear none sense

    • People Power
      March 17, 2010

      What wrong??? Check yourself.

  9. alasss..
    March 17, 2010

    all now skirret uneasy…..he knows it, his ministers knows it, his lawyers are sure of it, even the prsident knows it….the attempt to strick out the pititions only show that there is fear circulating…if those pititions are of untrue ground..n there is nuthin to hide, then let the trial carry on..proove to the SORRY set of dominincans who defend you so much that you r infact a man of honor…

    “bread of decit is sweet to man, BUT later his mouth shall be filled with gravel”


  10. Prophet2
    March 17, 2010

    And just when you thought he disappeared, bam…Humpty Dumpty is right here on the wall.

    March 17, 2010


  12. Penny
    March 17, 2010

    Tell the opposition UWP blame there self check where they went wrong,dont blame the DLPand stop the divding of the Country. .

  13. Sad DA girl
    March 17, 2010

    Why the Insults we are all Dominica we want whats best for Dominica, pls grow up and let us live together, lets agree to disagree but pls lets be at Peace with each other, Dear Lord help us all.

    p.s. even the Blind can see and read in Dominica now we have Internet, and now Braille, so we in Dominica know whats whats.

  14. March 17, 2010

    wow wow wow, no justice in this land.

  15. J
    March 17, 2010

    so in other words what Mr Astaphans is saying is the the DLP is wrong but the petitions are not substantial?

  16. Young Man in Dominica
    March 17, 2010

    But stay tuned i find you rude in this situation if anyone is to be considered Blind and ignorant are the supports of the UWP party.If this nonsense continues soon we dominicans are going to be considered as foolish among our sister islands of the caribbean

    • :D
      March 17, 2010

      not true at allll everyone has a right to thier own opinion and they have a right to apeal to smthing they dont feel right. YOUR talk is ignorant listen to yourself all over the world you see different parties and different groups of ppl speaking out wether it be against for example ‘the government and stem cell research or even the government and their unanswered questions’. you need to shut up and travel a bit and youl see that democracy is accepted! it is not a crime to make criticisms and look for answers your the ignorant person JAH!

  17. dual citizenship
    March 17, 2010

    the above photo which was taken during the swearing in of the Prime minister tells the entire story.

    Thank you

    A picture tells a thousand words.

    March 17, 2010

    Ok Blind Labourites let’s hear it…..

    Get those fingers moving…

    Ignorance 101….boom

    • Jepter
      March 17, 2010

      We sure will

    • Penny
      March 17, 2010

      Blind workers cant you see somting good is happen we are developing DA

      • :D
        March 17, 2010

        thats not developing d/a at all your eyes a blurred from the truth development isnt only can taste it and feel it too..if your kids have a sure future or ur siblings or cousins then i guess u can talk

    • dreams
      March 17, 2010

      u love ure pm..ull vote for your pm..WELL THANK YOU..OUT OF COURT DEM RATTED NONSENSE GOING

    • People Power
      March 17, 2010

      Who you calling ignorant??? Check yourself.

      • March 18, 2010

        Sssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. whoever you are. Foolish Stay Tuned. Doing more damage to the UWP without realizing. I truly feel sorry for you.

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